Cheap Vacations in Mexico - Get the Most Out of Your Trip
Cheap vacations in Mexico are easy to take provided that you know where to look for bargain deals. The most important tip for those on a tight budget is to avoid renowned tourist destinations such as Cancun Mexico and Acapulco where accommodation prices are sky high and almost nothing comes cheap. If you are looking to spend as little as possible, stick to less well-known areas that are just as beautiful, far less crowded and give you a real taste of what Mexico has to offer.
The best way to travel between the larger cities in Mexico is to fly. Many tourists make the mistake of thinking that they will save money traveling by bus. While this may be true in some cases, as a general rule local flights are cheap, quick and far more comfortable than bus rides which can sometimes last days. If you are looking to travel Mexico extensively, it is worthwhile buying a Mexipass which reduces fares by up to 50% on local airlines such as Aeromexico and Mexicana.
To travel to smaller and more remote areas of the country you will need to take a bus such as one offered by the OCC or local ADO bus services. Second class buses (segunda) cost less than deluxe buses (ejecutiva) but often travel far more slowly and are not air conditioned which can be unbearable in the summer months. Another economical alternative is to catch one of the suburban vans that run between many of the towns and cities and cost a small amount more than buses.
To get the best deals on accommodation, make sure that you travel during the low season rather than peak season. The best months to visit Mexico are November and June when prices are low but the weather is still good. Acapulco and the Yucatan aside, areas such as Baja California and Monterrey are renowned for being expensive and are therefore not good budget destinations.
The best place to find economical accommodation is in regions such as Creel, Zihuatanejo and Tulum, where you can usually find a clean and decent room for between $10 and $40 in most cases. Some lesser known cheap hotels and hostels include Matgaritas in Creel, Papaya Playa in Tulum and Keith Ramsays in Bahuichivo where you can get a decent room for $10. There are also a number of reasonable hotels and hostels to be found on the strip between Cancun and Merrida. A brilliant site to scour for budget accommodation and helpful hints is the Bus Across Mexico website which gives information on half price hotels and cheap travel across Mexico.
While some of the theme parks and sites in Mexico cost a fortune to enter, other local spots will cost you next to nothing to visit. Catch a boat to the lesser known island beaches on the Pacific coast such as Las Animas and enjoy the spectacular scenery and amazing reefs without having to pay a thing. Hike to fresh water caves such as the one in Dzitnip and swim in crystal clear pools or hike through the mountains to the Tarahumaran villages near Creel. Also keep in mind the fact that entrance to all Mexican National Monuments, including many of the world famous ruins, is free on Sundays. Sites are likely to get very busy, so make sure that you get there early.
Saving money on food, drink and entertainment is also a simple exercise in Mexico. Eat meals and snacks at local markets and you will not only save yourself a lot of money, but also experience the very best of Mexican cuisine. Most coastal bars offer buy one get one free drinks specials, so make sure you enquire about deals of the evening. Also, if you get a chance buy a few local magazines which are not only incredibly interesting, but also often contain discount coupons for free meals and nights out on the town.